A CHORUS LINE is a celebration of those unsung heroes of the American Musical Theatre-the chorus dancers, those valiant, overdedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the star or stars and often make them look even more talented than they are. It is also a celebration of the American Musical itself.
Performance Date: October 17, 1997
When Charles Dickens wrote his “ghostly little tale” in 1843, he couldn’t know that A Christmas Carol was destined to become one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all time. For the past three decades, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s annual tour has taken its acclaimed production to more than 100,000 people in sixty cities across the country each year. This sparkling show filled with authentic costumes and holiday music brings the beloved Christmas story to life on stage in a holiday treat for the entire family.
Performance Date: December 17, 2009
Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical—A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder! Direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he’d “never laughed so hard at a Broadway Musical,” Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty must juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.
Performance Date: November 8, 2017
Celebrate homecoming the right way with musical performances by some of the most exciting performers on the stage!
Performance Date: October 13, 1995
With more than 100 million units of her music sold globally, Brenda Lee has been a superstar since childhood, releasing her first single when she was only 11 years old, sharing the stage of the Grand Ole Opry with Elvis Presley at 12, and watching The Beatles open for her on tour in Europe before she turned 20.
The award-winning vocalist is beloved around the world for a litany o classic hits like “I’m Sorry” (which has sold over 20 million copies) and “Break It To Me Gently,” while her perennial holiday classic, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” wins new fans every year and even reached #1 on the Billboard Christmas charts in 2015 – a remarkable 55 years since its initial release in 1960. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Lee has been nominated for four Grammy® Awards and has received both the rarely-presented NARAS Governor’s Award and a Lifetime Achievement Grammy® from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Brenda and her band made their Norton Center debut in a holiday concert filled with beloved classics and Christmas favorites that’ll get your spirits rockin’!
Performance Date: December 3, 2016
Direct from Sweden, here comes the officially sanctioned ABBA tribute that will have you on your feet dancing int he aisles. this glitzy event is filled with pizzazz, excitement, and all the great ABBA hits. Take a time machine to the seventies!
Performance Date: October 14, 2005
Under the leadership of Sir Neville Marriner, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was founded in 1958 as a small chamber ensemble that brought together some of London’s finest musicians. Concentrating at first on music from the Baroque era, the orchestra now performs music from all periods. With more than 500 recordings, it is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world and is considered by many to be the most prestigious. The acclaimed violinist, Julian Rachlin, joins the orchestra as soloist and conductor for its Newlin Hall concert.
Performance Dates: April 11, 2010; March 26, 2001; November 13, 1997; April 9, 1990
Celebrate a down-home country Christmas with two of country music’s most acclaimed singers, Craig Morgan and Phil Vassar, when they bring their Acoustic Christmas tour to Kentucky this holiday season. Join these two award-winning superstars for an intimate family-friendly concert as they perform their own hits and an assortment of hand-picked holiday favorites, and throw in some old-fashioned surprises. Craig Morgan has been a mainstay on the country charts for 10 years with a body of work that includes 14 Top Ten hits- including fan-favorites “Redneck Yacht Club”, “Almost Home”, “That’s What I Love about Sunday”, and “Tough.” Phil Vassar’s uniquely piano-based, rhythm and blues-infused music remains a specialty in the genre with hits including “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Carlene,” and “My Next Thirty Years.”
Performance Date: November 28, 2012
World-renowned contemporary choreographers Daniel Ezralow, David Parsons and Moses Pendleton, in collaboration with Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, creators of the percussion/theatre sensation STOMP, have joined forces with athletes from the Romanian Gymnastics Federation and created a soaring evening of entertainment. As a challenge to the law of gravity and binding the physical power of a team of ranked athletes with the creative genius of these remarkable individuals, AEROS is truly unique and the first in its genre. The athletes who comprise this unusual performance troupe range in age from 19 to 26. Five are World Champions in Artistic, Rhythmic and Sports Aerobics, while the others are European Champions. It was quite a feat to convince the sports directors at the Federation, hungry for gold medals, that they were not losing their prized athletes. On the contrary, the gymnasts who comprise AEROS remain active in world competitions and the combination of rehearsals, performances, training and competition brings an added dimension to their athletic talents.
Performance Date: March 15, 2003
Since 1984 the African Children’s Choir has shown the world the Beauty, Dignity and Unlimited Potential of the African Child, whilst providing children in Africa with education and the opportunity to make a change to the future of their countries.
Performance Date: March 26, 2008
He’s the Reverend Al Green. He’s Al Green, the singer, the songwriter, and the guitar picker. He’s a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and enjoys a place on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. His unique, stylish sound with its tight beat, sexy backup vocals, and lush strings that mark hits like “Let’s Stay Together,” “Lay It Down,” “Tired of Being Alone,” “I Can’t Stop,” and “Perfect to Me,” make him one of the greatest soul singers of all time. But if you had to sum him up in only one word, he’s Al Green, the Legend.
Performance Dates: October 30, 2010, November 18, 2008
Alan Hersh is a pianist that has performed in solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Indiana University, he has served on the faculties of Central Connecticut and Slippery Rock State Universities, and Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. He is currently a professor of music at the University of Kentucky.
Performance Date: January 10, 1988
The brilliant Spanish pianist, Alicia de Larrocha (y de la Calle), studied piano with Frank Marshall at his Academia Marshall and music theory with Riccardo Lamote de Grignon. She made her first public appearance with a solo recital at the age of five, and was soloist with Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid at the age of 11, performing Mozart’s “Coronation” Concerto (K. 537). Alicia de Larrocha’s adult career began in 1940, but she did not make any international tours until 1947, when she first toured Europe. In 1953, she premiered Montsalvatge’s Concierto breve, which is dedicated to her, and also made her first visit to England. Her first appearance in the USA was in 1955 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then she has developed an intensive international career, and is now recognised as an artist of outstanding interpretative insight. She is a regular visitor to all the important musical centres of the USA and Canada, and performs regularly throughout Europe, Latin America, Japan and Australia.
Performance Date: March 21, 1993
Considered a bluegrass virtuoso, Alison Krauss bridges the gap between roots music and country, rock, and pop. She has sold in excess of 12 million albums and earned 26 Grammy® Awards, the most for any female, and the third most of any recording artist in Grammy® history. The players of Union Station, including 12 time Grammy® winner Jerry Douglas (Dobro, lap steel, vocals), Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin, lead vocal), Ron Block (banjo, guitar) and Barry Bales (bass, vocals) combined with Krauss on lead vocals and fiddle, represent five distinct personalities coming together to form a musical ensemble that is truly unique.
Performance Date: August 25, 2012
Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vissutti is recognized as one of today’s greatest trumpet virtuosos. He has performed in every state and more than 35 countries around the world. Pianist Laura Vissutti has enjoyed a sparkling career that has ranged from coaching engagements with singers of the Metropolitan Opera to studio sessions in Los Angeles. Together, the two combine for performances of rare excellence.
Performance Date: February 5, 2006
San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet leapt to uncharted heights with bold new dance innovations that broke the mold of what ballet can be. LINES Ballet thrives on collaborations, pairing music from noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from all over the globe. His creation, “Biophany,” for example, was inspired by animal “soundscapes” from famed bio-acoustician Bernie Krause, PhD. LINES Ballet dazzled audiences by digging into the mysteries of movement and bringing honesty and urgent spirituality to the stage. Alonzo King’s visionary choreography, brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, was renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity.
Performance Date: January 25, 2017
Winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, Altar Boyz is the longest-running new musical comedy to open in the Big Apple in years! This hilarious spoof about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national tour is an engaging mix of side-splitting songs that are “convincing enough to be played on MTV,” non-stop laughs, and lighthearted fun that’s suitable for all ages. It’s a fast-paced show that will have the whole family laughing and singing along. Variety calls it “An energetic crowd pleaser!” and the New York Times says “It sends you home with a smile!”
Performance Date: October 14, 2008
Experience the power of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world – having performed live for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states, 71 countries, and six continents. Now guided by the vision of Artistic Director Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater remains the nation’s leading modern dance company. From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites to the spirit-lifting joy of beloved classics, these extraordinary dancers offer something for every taste. For their first performance in Danville in more than 30 years, the Company will perform new works as well as returning repertory favorites including Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations, called “one of the great works of the human spirit” (The New York Times).
Performance Dates: March 11, 2014; November 8, 1985
“Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.
Performance Date: March 25, 1996